Keep Walking & Kam Ng’s Book Journey of a Life-Long Learner

Hello Readers – Joining in with the Lens-Artists for the KEEP WALKING theme

Earlier this summer, my former colleague and friend, Kam Ng, released an e-book, which featured a brief memoir and some tips to keep walking on this life journey with some small tips for living a long life. 

Want to keep walking? 

Let’s hear what Kam had to say in his book: 

To live long, we need a balance of exercise, sleep (rest) and diet. Be happy; avoid complaining; love the others like yourself; help the others as best as you can.

Patience nurtures good fortune. Happiness lengthens your life. Exercise strengthens your body. Peace tames your mind. Life is short, to live happily; we cannot take things too seriously.

Click Here to access his Kindle e-book

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I had the chance to work with Kam for a year+ when we both taught night college a handful of years ago (my, my, my how quickly time flies).  One key takeaway of our time working together was his ever-present smile and the way he made time for others. He really does model what he preaches for wellness. He even came to my house to help me set up an LLC (which never really panned out for me, but that is okay). And while he was over, he was able to compliment (edify) my son  – who had put up acoustic panels in his home studio.  Watching Kam connect with my son reminded me of another thing I appreciate about him – his humility and openness to all.  The way we treat the youth says so much about us!

Kam’s short memoir includes an overview of his accolades and stellar educational accomplishments; however, the man behind it all is this down-to-earth person who came to the US from Hong Kong in 1966. He loves this country and I am ever so grateful for what he brought to it and how he made time to connect with me – to show me the ropes early on – but then also making time to chit chat!  And we all know how easy it is to get busy and focus only on work tasks. (Thanks Kam.)

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Now, for today’s “Keep Walking” photos, which are all from an early morning walk in Virginia Beach, USA. 

This was early and a few hours later in the day this place was bustling – not super full – but lively.

Slidehow with some walkers as the day unfolded:

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lastly, this couple seemed to model some of what Kam was talking abut for a long and strong life. Notice they are getting exercise (walking) while also grounding each other with their intertwined pretzel arms. They are in sync with their stride and the tattoos whisper a sense of individuality and pride as their body art adds much signature beauty to the world. 

As we close, I want to repeat one thing Kam reminded us in his short book (and I do hope you get to check it out) – he reminded us how exercise strengthens your body and helps us live longer!

If you know you need to get in more exercise, maybe you need to keep walking a little more (thanks for the reminder with this theme Amy).

If you need even more inspiration to keep walking – or to GET walking – check out Linda Schaub’s post HERE – because she just celebrated her 10-year anniversary of walking regularly. I knew Linda walked a lot throughout the year, but I did not realize that she started her intentional walks back in 2011 in order to maintain health and longevity!  That makes sense and she wrote: “I was concerned for my health, as I was parked in front of the computer way too many hours” 

The best part about walking is that we do not need to be a cardio junkie or even speed walk to get the benefits from this potent and often overlooked longevity exercise. 

Okay, that is all from me – I am off to take a short gentle walk – et tu?

LAPC hosts: Patti,  LeyaAmy Tina

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52 thoughts on “Keep Walking & Kam Ng’s Book Journey of a Life-Long Learner

  1. Thank you, Yvette for introducing Kam’s e-book. Great advices, we can use them every single day! I love how you use his book to lead to this week’s “keep walking” theme. Beautifully said about the last image.

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  2. What N exemplary posr, well-written and inspirational too. Walking is my jam. I have walked the Boston Marathon. Two times. I’m still recovering from a badly broken heel and so these days my personal marathons are much much shorter than the official 26.2 miles. Enjoyed your photos today! Best, Babsje

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    1. hi –
      my first comment reply disappeared – so i am writing it again!
      i appreciate your comment because you really do know the value of walking and your bandit boston marathon walking days are a great example!! ☀️☀️☀️

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  3. Yvette – thank you so much for acknowledging my 10-year walking anniversary and the link to my post memorializing it. I’ve told you and others that walking was the best thing I ever did for myself – it led to blogging and a renewed interest in photography as well. I like your pictures of people on the move … and, on the move is what you want to do to stay healthy. I am guilty of still spending way too many hours in front of the computer because of working from home and blogging, social media, etc … that has to stop, but how? And still stay active interacting with others and staying caught up here in Blogland?

    I enjoyed reading Kam’s suggestions and my favorite line was this: “To live long, we need a balance of exercise, sleep (rest) and diet.” I have retooled my diet through the years to eat healthier, BUT, due to blogging and getting up early to walk before I start work, plus staying up late at night, I am sleep deprived. I did cut down to two posts per week this year.

    This past week I had an eye doctor appointment for a routine check-up. My doctor is a hiker and sports enthusiast. He knows I am a walker and blog about my walks. He asked how much screen time I log daily and whether I shut down two hours before bedtime to guarantee deep REM sleep. I just looked at him. I said “well I did hear about shutting off devices 30 minutes before bedtime.” He said TWO hours if you want the best sleep. I told him “I’d work on it ….” When retired maybe, but I will work on 30 minutes between online to bedtime beginning this long holiday weekend.

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    1. Hi Linda / it was such good timing that I am late for the lens artists challenge this week (the new theme goes out tomorrow and so I was glad to get my post up today – and had just come back from your anniversary blog post to then connect with the “keep walking” theme – so the timing was perfect 😉
      -/
      And regarding the health tips about screen time – eye health and all that– whew – this could be a topic for a book!
      And another thing to add is the chin down too much as people look at and hold devices – the throat chakra and all the glands in our neck are losing energy flow and whew ! Everyone needs to become more cognizant about the balance between being online to interact and connect but enough time offline to nurture health!

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      1. Timing is everything Yvette and it sure worked out for you – I am happy you got to read my post and then went from there. I put my laptop on a riser and went to a wireless keyboard after I was getting shoulder issues. I have to find a better way to sit – had I known that working from home would become a permanent gig, I would have invested in a desktop computer and proper table/chair. I have a computer hutch downstairs, but it has my old desktop (Windows Vista) and is where the modem is … I just left everything down there, but I’ve not used it in over a decade. I have to balance my time better for my eye health and overall health. I am proud of myself for stepping away a little more and getting more sleep, but I need to step away from online more. I am starting this weekend but arrived here too late. I was on here doing upcoming posts, then stepped away four hours. I definitely need more time in my day.

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  4. Hi Yvette, I am in complete agreement with you about walking. It costs nothing, and you can do it no matter your shape and size. Your photos of Virginia Beach made me really curious. I had to look it up on the map. Sounds like there is a fabulous boardwalk there. I had a quick look on Google maps too. Whoa, that skinny bit of land further south is a wonder. I am not sure whether it is a wonder of nature or a wonder that it doesn’t go under water. So interesting!

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    1. hello! glad to introduce you to virginia beach and i do wonder what it looks like from the ok goodie maps (need to check it out) – i have to admit that i prefer the atlantic a lot more south of there – but find the ocean satisfies in different ways in different locations

      and cheers to walking and valuing it – ☀️☀️☀️🙏

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  5. He sounds like a lovely man, Yvette, and there’s nothing here that I would argue with. I noted Linda’s comment and am sure it’s a factor for many regarding lack of sleep. I’ve tried to encourage my son to switch off early, but it’s something I often fail to do for myself. And it’s probably a factor in why I haven’t yet returned to blogging. It takes over my life and I don’t have any resistance. Smiling…that’s what I’m doing here!.

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    1. hi Jo! well i know what you mean with blog boundaries and remember a few years ago when you and i were connecting around christmas with something like “i shouldn’t be here…” hahaha and you and linda both again highlight what so many of us folks need to find balance with regarding our online presence and immersion.
      for some folks – walking away for good is needed
      for others – it is a long fast and then coming back with a new MO
      and for others – it is screen time monitoring and ongoing self awareness to see what is needed monthly!
      and that toke we were checking in around the holidays was extra special and i am glad we both allowed some boundaries to expand as opposed to a rigid approach – although other times we need to fast and really enforce boundaries to maintain wellness or restore boundaries!
      ☀️🌸☀️
      an idea from the seinfeld show comes to mind! he had a scene about night guy and morning guy! i am just giving my take on it – but the idea was that night guy pushed the boundaries and had fun and was the part my man- in contrast – morning guy was the responsible and worker side – and if night guy was not careful – there would be no morning guy to provide for night guy’s adventures –
      similarly – our blog role needs to be monitored and tamed like “night guy” – because if we do not stay fresh – the non blog self won’t be fresh and like morning guy provides for night guy – our non blog self (or real world person) could lose essence and everyone loses and their is no blog role!
      something like that!
      so best wishes on your fast and i believe that whenever we fast or reduce the threshold we always will reap positive outcomes –

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      1. Just enjoying life, Yvette. My only responsibilities are to family. Single handed I’m never going to save the world. Least damage but still making some kind of impact was always my aim. Time will tell if I got it right. But then… why should anyone care? 🤔💕

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    1. hello BB
      – thanks for the comment – and hope your month is off to a nice start – i can always tell when a new month trickles in because i start to see the “last in the card” posts here and there – and be over soon to check in – 🕊🦜🦅

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  6. I see all of these “Get thin quick!” scams and think to myself that too much of our society has it backwards. To get where you want to be takes patience, humility, truth and dedication. Not all of us are blessed with the ability to keep the pounds off. I have hypothyroidism and would be in a constant struggle to keep the weight off if I didn’t exercise regularly, which I do. I walk or run six days a week. Exercise is key, there is no better fix for our physical and mental state of mind.

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    1. hey M – you are so right (again) and have my mind running with many thoughts for a reply! lol)
      the first thought is also how that exercise oxygenated the blood and helps us feel better by lifting the gunk out of our blood and clearing the mind! and so yes – for weight control and metabolism – but the physical hinges happening are also often overlooked

      which then lifts the mental outlook and all that!

      And maybe cutting back in the Cubanos might help too – just kidding – but thought of you in august because their was a Cubano sandwich festival in central florida (we almost went but had to pass)
      anyhow – kidding with the sandwich – but my husband does health coaching part time (primal health coach) and one of his mottos is about slow weight loss – connecting to what your comment addressed – !!

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      1. I love me my Cubanos, but yes, I do in fact make them in moderation, LOL. The rest of the time it’s mostly good food that gives me the fuel to run, which I do every other day.

        I think when I was younger I definitely ran for the compulsion plus the vanity of looking fit. Now I run because it helps me mentally. The health benefits as well. Vanity? Nope.

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        1. hi sorry less – I never suspected vanity in any way and knew you worked out for the end body connection – and I was kidding about the Cubanos – because its the double meat ingredient that Likely would provide some nice fuel (expect I had one this summer at a local pub and thank goodness I was not very hungry because it was mostly bread (which I have to pretty much discard when I eat out) – but it reminded me of those old commercials “where’s the beef?” – except I was like “where’s the double meats?” hahah
          and I think it is time you and dale went on another hunt of some sort (or not – 🙂 )

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        2. LOL, I know. I was just having a conversation last week with a friend who went on Nutrisystem and lost a ton of weight. I told him that now the work starts, and if he’s smart he’ll cull the best of this time and use it to his advantage by incorporating better foods into his daily regimen. And exercise. Too many people want to do without, and that’s the wrong attitude to have. It’s not about killing it, it’s simply about moving. If you devote a certain amount of time every day to it, it does become a habit. Just as running every day has become for me.

          Hey! That is a good idea now that you mention it. Stay tuned . . .

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        3. this is some serious truth with what’s you said:
          “It’s not about killing it, it’s simply about moving”
          and i think it comes down to making sure what we do is working –
          i know a couple of folks who argue about nutrition and challenge things like they are the authority – but they are still not the size they want to be and don’t even look healthy and it is not about “size” or vanity (as you noted too)
          it is about keeping a strong terrain so our body is strong and is not a cesspool for disease to thrive
          “the terrain is all”
          and to help the terrain we need mild movement to help lymph flow (and really sick people should start with gentle bounces on a rebounder – very helpful for health and oxygenating as you also mentioned happens with your runs)
          and lastly –

          it took me a long time to really really understand gut health and how sugar, most dairy, and the bad oils and corrupted breads are pulling from health

          okay – enough from me – hope your blog break was nice and it was nice to see your guest hosts / ttys

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        4. This comment packed one helluva punch, and thank you for it Yvette. I like the way you describe the terrain and I could not agree more. I’m still learning, and you know? I like that.

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  7. Love this Yvette.. How wouldn’t I right?!!! Kim sounds like such a wonderful friend and person with a giving heart and the right attitude to keep walking by things that don’t serve and towards things that do. Love your pictures and morning captures on your walk. Walking our way to health, joy and freedom is a wonderful mantra. Lovely book and friend. Thanks for sharing it with us. 💖💖

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  8. hi cindy! thanks for reading and for true nice comment – oh and best wishes with your bundle of books that arrived – reminds me we walk and move true body for wellness – but need to feed the mind too and the books you got and Kam’s short memoirs are examples of that mental nourishment that connects to a balance life
    📚☀️🙏

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    1. Hi Inese – thank for your comment – and I used to like that quote about moderation – but in the last few years we feel as if some things should not even be enjoyed din moderation – they need to eliminated or done very infrequently – but of course it depends on the person and their health – and as you know – even stress and anxiety levels impact health and so one man’s indulgence in moderation is another person’s poison and robs them of health – ya know?

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